Pom Pom Crab aka Boxing Crab (Lybia tesselata)
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Pom Pom Crab aka Boxing Crab (Lybia tesselata)
Pom Pom Crab aka Boxing Crab (Lybia tesselata)

Pom Pom Crab aka Boxing Crab (Lybia tesselata)

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The Pom Pom Crab aka Boxing Crab is a small crab typically no larger than a quarter. Its body is white and tan with darker areas which provide a camouflage affect. The crab utilizes a small anemone in both front claws which serve as a form of protection. It also called the boxing crab as it will box with the anemones if attacked since the anemones have the ability to sting. The crab can be seen in the moonlight swaying the anemones side to side collecting food for itself and the anemone. This is a very unique symbiotic relationship. As with all crabs, meaty foods should be provided regularly.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lybia tesselata
SIZE AVAILABLE: ~1/2 inches
FOOD/DIET: Omnivore
CARE LEVEL: Moderately easy
REEF SAFE: Considered safe, may be aggressive.
AVAILABILITY: Most always available - 99%
  • also known as Boxing Crab.
  • Pom Pom crabs derive their name from the appearance of pom poms held on a pair of their legs.
  • The pom poms are actually a pair of anemones from the Genus Bunodeopsis.
  • Pom Pom crabs use these stinging anemones as a form of defense.
Customer Reviews
Chris of Abilene, TX
pom pom crab
I'm disciplined, mine didn't come with anemones. Used a magnifying glass, I can see a white dot on one of his claws, that's the closest thing to an anemone
Christi of Southern California
When I first saw this crab, I knew I had to have him. Though no one knew how or where to get one! Thank you reefs2go for another amazing find!
Shari of FL
Pom Pom Crab
This little guy came today. He is adorable! Looks like dinner and a show!
Guinevere Gordon of Chicago , Il
Pom Pom Crabs
These little crabs are so adorable! I love how they think they are so tough with their little anemones. Couldn't be happier with the service at Reefs2go!
Brian of Texas
Boxing Crab
Colorful, tiny, charming, and almost indestructible, I love these.
Bryan of Texas
Pom Pom
I recently ordered the wrong fish and had to call reefs2go customer service. Elyse was awesome! She totally understood and let me switch out for this little guy. This is a great website and they are terrific people! Thakn you Elyse!
Robert Douglas of denton,tx
Pom Pom Crabs
Great deal on these fun little crabs!!! i ordered 2 of these and they arrived in great shape and after the aclamation they have been a joy to watch in my tank!!! they will mop and mop with there anemones for hours. a great addition to any tank
Melissa King of Ventura, CA
Pom Pom Crab review
Pom Pom Crabs, or Boxer crabs, are really the most fun to watch. They catch food with their anemones by waving them around, ward of enemies with their pom poms by punching with them, and are just really cute! May be hard to see in a large tank, as they are nocturnal and hide a lot, but would be great for nano. We have 8 in our 85 gallon and see one to 3 out at a time. Unfortunately, if they start mating, the males will fight and kill each other! Just be aware, and you can enjoy these great cr...